The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled: the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may resume implementation of the new Public Charge Rule. USCIS announced on September 22, 2020, that it would apply the rule to all relevant applications or petitions postmarked or submitted electronically on or after February 24, 2020, including pending applications and petitions. The factors that are considered under the new Public Charge Rule include the applicant’s use of
USCIS published a final rule in the Federal Register recently detailing a hike in fees for some of its most common immigration procedures. For instance: The fee to apply for naturalization will increase from $640 to $1,160 - $1,170. The fee to apply for Adjustment of Status will increase from $1,140 to $1,760 - $2,270. For those interested in filing their immigration cases before the fee increases, please contact us as soon as possible.
USCIS has announced that, due to “unprecedented” spending cuts and an increase in revenues, it would not go forward with the furloughs previously scheduled for August 30, 2020 – at least not until the end of the fiscal year (October 1, 2020).
The USCIS Deputy Director for Policy, Joseph Edlow, stated this will come at a cost. USCIS will be cutting support activities and anticipates that this will lead to longer wait times for case inquiries and longer processing times for ad